On Friday, September 24, 2010, I visited the Cohasset Historical Society to see the 100 Years of Scouting in Cohasset exhibit. Mrs. Hillman and the Historical society set up the exhibit for the one hundredth anniversary of scouting. The exhibit shows the four types of scouting in Cohasset over the years. The four types of scouting are Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorer scouts and Sea Scouts. Around the exhibit were examples of uniforms for Cub Scouts, a couple of Boy Scout uniforms from different time periods and an explorer scout uniform. Displays show badges and ranks for cub scouts and boy scouts. One of the old troop tents was on display also.
The history of Troop 28 is a focus of the exhibit. There is information on Troop 28’s first scoutmaster, Reverend Fred Stanley who led the troop when it was Troop 1. The exhibit includes a list of Troop 28’s 77 eagle scouts, some of which came long before Mr. Arthur Lehr’s time. The exhibit includes photos and newspaper articles about Troop 28, including articles on the scrap metal drive Troop 28 did to help support the U.S in World War II and Mr. Arthur Lehr’s Eagle ceremony. The exhibit also holds merit badge books old and new on archery and other topics.
Another area of the exhibit was devoted to modern day Troop 28. This area had pictures of recent trips the Troop went on. These pictures were of trips to Mt. Monadnock and the White Mountains, the white water rafting trip and the canoe trip. In the center of the room is a table with scrapbooks on it, each with a short history of the troop. Another table displays a Camp Squanto shirt surrounded by Camp Squanto troop pictures from many years. When I visited with the Webelos II group recently, everyone enjoyed finding photos of their friends and siblings in years past. A section of the exhibit was devoted to the Klondike Derby and even had one of the troop’s sleds on display.
The exhibit is a great look at scouting in Cohasset. There is even a scavenger hunt to help visitors get to know the exhibit. It’s worth a trip to check it out.
Nick Rosen, Historian